Most of the Hollywood and Bollywood celebs swear by Surya Namaskar. It is one of the widely practiced yoga around the world and Yogi Gurus cannot stop raving about its health benefits. Surya Namaskar is a series of yoga postures to bow down to the Sun and pay respect. It is believed that the source of life on this planet began with the sun. Hence, scientifically and religiously the sun holds great importance to us.
But how paying respect to the Sun through Surya Namaskar benefits our health is interesting. Located right behind the navel (central point of the human body) is solar plexus. As believed by the ancient Rishis of India, this point is connected with the Sun and regular practice of Surya Namaskar enhances the solar plexus improving an individual’s creativity and intuitive abilities.
Let us know learn the different benefits of Surya Namaskar and see if it has any scientific evidence
Helps in weight loss
With 12 asanas in a round of Surya Namasakar, it practically works on every organ of the body. These postures stretch the abdominal muscles and help to shed fat around the belly region by improving metabolism.
Strengthen muscles and joints
Every asana of Surya Namaskar is an extensive stretching exercise. It relaxes the muscles and works in strengthening the bones and joints. The movements also help to improve the flexibility of the spine.
Improves the functioning of the digestive system
This yoga pose increases blood flow in the digestive tract maintaining good health of the intestines. The forward bend asana increases the abdominal space releasing the trapped gas and making you get rid of unwanted bloating.
Ensures good sleep
Most of us fail to sleep well at night leading to physical anomalies. But practicing Surya Namaskar calms your mind and improves sleep. It is also beneficial to insomniac individuals.
Helps to regulate the menstrual cycle
Irregular menstruation can be physically and mentally taxing. Before looking for medications, try practicing Surya Namaskar every day to regularize your menstrual cycle. These asanas also ease childbirth.
Lowers blood sugar levels
Surya Namaskar is also said to improve insulin resistance and reduce blood sugar levels.
Helps to detox
Surya Namaskar is a form of Yoga that involves active inhalation and exhalation process. There is enough oxygen in the blood and the lungs are thoroughly ventilated. It also detoxifies the body to get rid of carbon dioxide and other toxic gases.
Should children practice Surya Namaskar?
Surya Namaskar is very beneficial for children and teenagers as well. With academic rivalry and competition to lead the race, Surya Namaskar should be made a part of their daily routine. It helps to calm down the brain, relieve it from stress and improve focus. It also improves overall health and enhances muscle strength.
Practice Surya Namaskar early in the morning with the rising of the Sun. Though it is traditionally the most ideal time to do Surya Namaskar, you can also do it right after you wake up in an empty stomach. It is advised to practice 12 rounds of this exercise over a span of 15 minutes. A single round of Surya Namaskar is said to burn up to 14 calories. Ideally, you should increase the number of rounds as your body gets used to this yoga.
According to Ayurveda, the three energies of the body Vata, Kapha and Pitta are also balanced for the optimal functioning of all organs of the body.